Guys and Dolls


2nd December 2017 – 27th January 2018

2 December 2017 to 27 January 2018

A Royal Exchange Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company co-production

A musical fable of Broadway based on the story and characters of Damon Runyon

Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser

Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows

Directed by Michael Buffong

PRESS NIGHT: Wednesday 6 December 7.30pm – The Royal Exchange Theatre

AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: Saturday 16 December, 2.30pm

BSL PERFORMANCE: Wednesday 24 January, 7.30pm

CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: Thursday 14 December, 7.30pm

RELAXED PERFORMANCE: Wednesday 3 January, 2.30pm

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Matinee Performances: 2.30pm

Evening Performances: 7.30pm


Guys and Dolls is a Royal Exchange Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company co-production, performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited

Guys and Dolls: The UK's first all-Black cast

This Christmas director Michael Buffong transports the smash-hit musical Guys and Dolls up-town to 1939 Harlem in the UK’s first all-Black cast production of this iconic show. 

Celebrating the off-beat stories of Damon Runyon that made the gangsters and hustlers of New York City infamous Guys and Dolls is co-produced by the Royal Exchange Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company – the UK’s primary Black led touring theatre company. 

Ray Fearon as the charming Nathan Detroit, leads a cast that includes Ashley Zhanghazha, Abiona Omounua and Lucy Vandi.  The re-imagined Guys and Dolls is developed with the award winning hip-hop dancer and choreographer Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy and runs from 2 December – 27 January. 

Guys and Dolls bursts into seductive life with unforgettable songs including LUCK BE A LADY, SIT DOWN YOU'RE ROCKING THE BOAT, and the irresistibly infectious title number - which all come together to create the perfect celebratory night out.

When the stakes are high the bets get even higher: Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit take every opportunity to hustle, settling every dispute with a roll of the dice ... until love changes everything.

Michael Buffong is the Artistic Director of Talawa Theatre Company. His credits for the Royal Exchange Theatre include the critically acclaimed KING LEAR, ALL MY SONS (with Don Warrington) and A RAISIN IN THE SUN. Other theatre credits include: GOD’S PROPERTY (Talawa Theatre Company, Soho Theatre and the Albany); THE SERPENT’S TOOTH (Talawa Theatre Company and Almeida Theatre); MOON ON A RAINBOW SHAWL (Royal National Theatre).

Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy is Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director of Boy Blue Entertainment, Associate Artists of the Barbican, and one of the top choreographers and performers in the UK urban, commercial and theatrical scenes. Kenrick’s credits are extensive and include theatre, TV and film, both nationally and internationally.  BBE’s most recent work, BLAK WHYTE GRAY, is nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production.

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  • Michael Buffong

    "Having fun is a big part of who we are ... with Guys and Dolls we're going to do just that; expect great song and dance numbers, superb music, awesome spectacle and a very special sense of high-energy occasion as we take to the stage in this dazzling production.”

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  • The Cast 

    Ray Fearon as Nathan Detroit

    Ashley Zhangazha as Sky Masterson

    Abiona Omonua as Sarah Brown

    Lucy Vandi as Miss Adelaide

    Fela Lufadeju as Benny Southwest

    Javar La’Trail Parker as Rusty Charlie

    Trevor A Toussaint as Arvide Abernathy

    Chelsey Emery as Agatha

    Jaime Tait as Calvin

    T’Shan Williams as Martha

    Ewen Cummins as Lieutenant Brannigan

    Kurt Kansley as Harry The Horse

    Darren Charles as Society Max

    Nathanael Campbell as Liverlips Louis

    Toyan Thomas-Browne as Moe

    Evonnee Bentley-Holder as Mimi

    Melanie Marshall as General Matilda B Cartwright

    Joe Speare as Big Jule

    Koko Basigara as Allison

    Danielle Kassaraté as Angie The Ox

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  • Creative Team

    DIRECTOR Michael Buffong

    DESIGNER Soutra Gilmour


    MUSICAL DIRECTOR Mark Aspinall

    CHOREOGRAPHER Kenrick Sandy


    SOUND DESIGNER Richard Brooker

    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Nicola Miles-Wildin


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